John S. Worden

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John Worden is a trial lawyer. John has tried more than 50 cases for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and in front of judges, juries, and binding arbitration panels across the country. Although most of his trials have been on the defense, John has four seven- and eight-figure plaintiff verdicts. He practices throughout the U.S. and, in addition to being admitted in California, is admitted in Nevada (where he has tried—and won—seven cases to verdict).  

John is the long-time chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s (BASF) ADR/Arbitration Section and a former board member of both BASF and BASF’s Justice and Diversity Center.

Trial Practice

  • Commercial/contract
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Insurance coverage
  • Real estate
  • Products/personal Injury/wrongful death

Financial Services Practice

In addition to his courtroom trial work, John’s experience in the financial services area involves dozens of Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, ranging from banking disputes and customer suits against broker-dealers to venture capital and private equity disputes.

Insurance Coverage Practice

John has successfully represented both policyholders and carriers in insurance disputes in such areas as:

  • Comprehensive general liability
  • Construction
  • D&O
  • Environmental/asbestos
  • Personal injury
  • Reinsurance

Construction Practice

John has handled construction disputes for 30 years, representing subcontractors, prime contractors, and owners in all types of litigation, including:

  • Commercial general and subcontractors on commercial projects throughout California and Nevada
  • Multiple Las Vegas casinos
  • The owners/developers in numerous residential home and condominium developments throughout the West

Personal Injury Practice

John has handled and tried for plaintiffs and defendants the following types of personal injury cases:

  • Asbestos
  • Automobile and trucking
  • Catastrophic injury/wrongful death
  • Premises liability




  • J.D. magna cum laude Seattle University School of Law 1989
    • Editor, Seattle University Law Review
  • B.A. with honors Seattle University 1986
    • Honors program

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Nevada

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Francisco Chapter
  • Member, Admissions and Diversity Committees, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Director, Board of Directors
    • Director, Justice & Diversity Center
    • Director, Barristers Club
    • Chair, ADR/Arbitration Section
    • Past chair, Antitrust and Securities Litigation Section
  • Adjunct professor, Evidence and Litigation Practice, University of California – Hastings College of the Law


  • Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2003 – 2021
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Lawyer of the Year, 2015
    • Barrister of the Year, 1997
  • Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Outstanding Volunteer, 2016 – 2018



  • John is a living kidney donor
  • Settlement referee, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Member, Lafayette Police Commission, Lafayette, California

Personal Activities

In his spare time, John is an athlete. He is a black belt kung fu instructor (having received multiple golds at the National Kung Fu Championships in Baltimore and a silver medal at the 2003 World Kung Fu Championships in São Paulo Brazil) and competes in two other sports.